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What’s With All the Road Work?

No doubt about it, getting around New Rochelle has been a challenge lately, with extensive road work impeding traffic at multiple locations.  The construction is necessary to replace aging infrastructure and will ultimately contribute to a healthier environment, stronger economy, and better quality of life, but, for now, many of us are facing daily headaches.  This bulletin contains more information and context, and future updates will be provided here.  Much this work is under utility company jurisdiction and outside of the City’s direct control.  Even so, we will continue doing our best to coordinate activities in order to minimize disruption.

New Affordable Housing Opportunities

Affordable housing is a vital part of New Rochelle’s vision for a growing, thriving, diverse downtown in which all people are welcomed and given a chance to succeed. So it’s exciting that 95 affordable apartments, at a range of price points, will soon be available at 14 Lecount Place, one of the major new projects rising across the heart of our city.  Visit www.lecountaffordableapts.com to learn how to apply or read this press release for more information.  Applications are due on August 2.

I congratulate the development team and look forward to the future residents of 14 LeCount adding their talents and energy to the social, cultural, and economic fabric of New Rochelle.

Jazz on the Sound

New Rochelle’s Sister City Committee is sponsoring a Pre-Bastille Day Jazz Concert overlooking Long Island Sound on July 11th.  Tickets are just $15, and all proceeds benefit musicians, many of whom have been out of work through the pandemic.  A great opportunity to enjoy a night of music in a beautiful setting and to celebrate our connection to La Rochelle, France.  More information and tickets at this link.

City Finances Recovering From COVID Impacts

The City’s just-released annual comprehensive financial report and independent audit shows a (surprisingly, given the pandemic) positive fiscal picture for New Rochelle, with COVID-related revenue decreases offset by spending reductions.  A healthy fund balance, retirement of debt, and federal rescue aid should provide a solid foundation for essential City operations and infrastructure investments going forward.  This fiscal foundation will be further strengthened by new revenue from economic development.  More reasons to be bullish about New Rochelle’s future.  Here’s the full report.

Bike Share Returns, Scooters Arrive — Fun New Micro Mobility Options for New Ro

New Scooters at Jack’s Friendship Garden

Smart, sustainable, and affordable transportation options are important to New Rochelle’s future, so I’m delighted that the City is partnering with VeoRide (Veo) to launch a new shared mobility system of e-scooters and bikes.

Veo is providing 200 e-scooters and 30 bikes at strategic locations around the City.  Riders can download the Veo app on their smartphone and scan the QR code on the equipment to unlock the bike or e-scooter.  The usage area is viewable on the app, and extends along North Avenue from New Rochelle High School to Pelham Road, including the downtown and Transit Center, as well as popular parks like Davenport, Hudson, Five Islands, Lincoln, Feeney, Stephenson, and Flowers.  The system comes at no cost to the City.  Bikes are $1 to unlock and five cents per minute.  Scooters are also $1 to unlock and 39 cents per minute.  The City will work closely with Veo to ensure a smooth roll out, with the possibility of expanding the system in the future.  This press release has more.

Take advantage of this new opportunity to explore our community, access services, enjoy our growing cultural scene, eat at one of our restaurants, shop at one of our many small businesses, or just have fun.

Celebrate Juneteenth in New Rochelle

Tomorrow, June 19th, please join neighbors across New Rochelle in a day-long celebration of Juneteenth, with events and programming at Ward Acres, City Hall, and Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, organized under the leadership of the Lincoln Park Conservancy.  Our newest national holiday is deeply rooted in the African-American experience and yet also holds universal meaning — inviting us to reflect on the historic and unfinished struggle for justice, while renewing our commitment to freedom, dignity, and equality for all.

Glen Island Testing Center to Close, Allowing Full Park Access

The Glen Island COVID testing center is set to close on June 25th, allowing full access to the park for the first time since the pandemic began.  The opening of the nation’s first drive-thru testing facility was a powerful symbol of New Rochelle’s status as an early epicenter of the virus; now, the full re-opening of Glen Island Park is an equally powerful symbol of our city’s recovery.  Even as we celebrate this milestone, we should also feel gratitude for the dedicated organizers and health care professionals who worked heroically to stand up the center in the midst of a crisis, and whose tireless efforts since then have been critical to our region’s pandemic response.  Here’s more from the Journal News.

Safe Fun in the Sun

A new sunscreen dispenser at Jack’s Friendship Garden

To kick off a fun and healthy summer, Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital has teamed up with our Parks and Rec Department to offer free SPF 30 sunscreen through contactless dispensers in parks throughout the city.  A total of 15 free sunscreen dispensers will be available at various locations, including playgrounds, ball fields, and beaches.  More in this press release.

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